When you look at the database market, it’s a virtual jungle out there. Those of us in the industry 15 years ago can look back and remember when we only had the option to use a relational database from Sybase, ORACLE, Microsoft or IBM. That was pretty much it if you were planning to build a new complex application with persistent storage.
Nowadays, the number of options is absolutely brilliant, but this also means you need to do your homework. I found a great visualization of the database market landscape by 451 Research. The similarity to the London underground map is striking!
Image from 451 Research, Matt Aslett
If you don’t do your research before choosing a database, you could end up disappointed. So exactly what are the main issues you should consider? For part one of this two-part blog post, I will explore three factors including the purpose of the application, true consistency, and high performance. […]